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Ayer comentábamos sobre la desaparición de una bloguera en Siria [–>]. Hay quien lo pone en duda. Robert Mackay, del New York Times, cuenta la investigación de Andy Carvin, de NPR, que no consigue conectar con nadie que la conozca en persona. Tampoco puede dar con sus padres. Y el caso extraño es que se supone que tiene doble nacionalidad USA / Siria.

La historia, haciendo click en la foto. Vía: @jordipc

Aquí cuenta Carvin lo que ha investigado hasta ahora:

Que se puede resumir en:

So where does this leave us? I still have many more questions than answers, but I currently believe Amina is a real person, but one who is much more expressive about herself online than offline. It is possible that Amina Arraf is a pen name, to protect herself in Syria, but so far I can’t prove it one way or another. If it is just a pen name, that might explain why the sources I talked to said they’d never met a person by that name. Even so, I wouldn’t be surprised if I indeed found people who know her in person. It’s just taking longer time than I would have liked. Much of this could be sorted out by contacting her reported American mother, but I hadn’t been able to do that yet, which is why I haven’t had much to say about the topic for the last few hours. I also felt that I didn’t want to send people on a wild goose chase when it’s quite possible she is indeed detained under very harsh conditions.

Despite all the questions I have, I am deeply worried that this discussion about her identity could distract people from the possibility that should might be being brutalized in detention, and in dire need of support from friends and strangers alike. Having a pen name and writing occasional fiction on an otherwise real blog, if that is indeed true, is an academic discussion when compared with what she might indeed be going through.

Whoever she is, wherever she is, I hope she is well and with us again online soon. -andy

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